Walk along the Royal Military Canal to The White Horse at Bilsington
3 miles (there and back)
Cross the road to St Mary Magdalene Church. Head to the bottom left of the churchyard and follow the footpath signs along the edge of the field to reach the road. When you reach the road, turn right for a few steps and then follow the footpath signs again to the left alongside the canal. Follow the canal path for around a mile until it reaches another road.
Turn left and walk up the road all the way to the pub or, to visit Bilsington’s church on the way (and walk cross-country) after a short distance on the road take the footpath signed to the right. After the church take the path that veers left to the road and the pub. Follow the same route back in reverse.
From The Old Church Hall to Hamstreet village
A long walk through countryside and woodland to the village of Hamstreet
6.5 miles (there and back)
To walk through countryside and woodland to Hamstreet, head left out of The Old Church Hall. Walk along the road until you see the public footpath signposted up a dead-end lane (opposite Marsh Road). Follow the footpath for about a mile, crossing a country lane en route. Near Gill Farm you reach a point where several footpaths cross. Take the Saxon Shore Way to the left in to Hamstreet Woods Nature Reserve. You can follow this all the way in to Hamstreet. Follow the same route back in reverse. An alternative route to Hamstreet is along the Royal Military Canal. Follow the instructions below (as if walking to Warehorne) but leave the canal footpath at the first road you meet, after approximately two miles. Turn right to walk to walk in to Hamstreet – but take care as this is a fast road with no pavement.
From The Old Church Hall to The Woolpack Inn
A 10-mile walk along the Royal Military Canal to a lovely country pub
10 miles (there and back)
Make your way down to the Royal Military Canal via the footpath at the bottom left of St Mary Magdalene Churchyard (as above) but when you reach the road, cross the canal bridge and take the footpath to the right on the south side of the canal. Follow the canal footpath for about three-and-a-half miles. You cross two roads en route (the second is the busy A2070 so take care). Turn right at the third road you reach (a country lane with no pavement) to follow it up in to Warehorne and The Woolpack Inn or, to stay off-road, cross the lane and follow the footpath along the canal for another half-a-mile until you see a footpath signed to the right. This will also take you to Warehorne. You can follow the same route back or head north-east out of the village on the signposted Saxon Shore Way footpath to walk to Hamstreet, through Hamstreet Woods back to Ruckinge.
The Royal Military Canal
A canal-side footpath that passes Ruckinge on the south side of the village
As far as you like!
The banks of the Royal Military Canal provide an easy route to follow. The canal which passes through Ruckinge, Appledore, Hythe (pictured) and Rye. Originally dug as a defence in case of Napoleonic invasion it is now a haven for wildlife and a peaceful place for a walk. It stretches 28 miles from Seabrook in the east to Cliff End near Hastings.